The Long Way Home: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
August 2014
12 hours 7 minutes
Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he'd only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, The Balm in Gilead, in his large hands. 'There is a balm in Gilead,' his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the dust jacket, 'to make the wounded whole.'

While Gamache doesn't talk about his wounds and his balm, Clara tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home. Failed to show up as promised on the first anniversary of their separation. She wants Gamache's help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. 'There's power enough in Heaven,' he finishes the quote as he contemplates the quiet village, 'to cure a sin-sick soul.' And then he gets up. And joins her.

Together with his former second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, and Myrna Landers, they journey deeper and deeper into Québec. And deeper and deeper into the soul of Peter Morrow. A man so desperate to recapture his fame as an artist, he would sell that soul. And may have. The journey takes them further and further from Three Pines, to the very mouth of the great St. Lawrence river. To an area so desolate, so damned, the first mariners called it The land God gave to Cain. And there they discover the terrible damage done by a sin-sick soul.
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Louise H

Addictive! What a fantastic series. Best read in order. Ralph Chosham brings Louise Penny’s characters to life. Gamache and Three Pines and all.

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Doreen B

I was super disappointed in this book! I usually don’t want the books to end but! not so with this. I found it tedious and boring. I loved some parts here and there but I really didn’t care about most of what was going on The end was not a complete shock, I admit I saw it coming for some time. I had a very hard time finishing this one. Hopefully the next will be better, albeit without Ralph Cosham who is Chief Inspector Gamache.

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Jme K.

Absolutely excellent writing although an unlikely method of murder. Always love Ralph Cosham’s reading

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Gina M.

Inspector Gamache and the characters of Three Pines has made Covid bearable. I’m in love with this series and yearn for the warmth of community. Keep them coming, Ms. Penny and thank you!

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Elaine B.

I love this series and the author. However, this particular book was a disappointment. I have found that reading each book and then listening to it on audio at a later time brings out the author’s skill with language and storytelling. Such was not the case with this book. I’ll continue to read everything she writes!

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William N

One of the suspense series I've listened too.

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